By Emily Gerger
Here when a soft breeze blows tulips dance before Buddha as if Mother Earth herself was waving hello Here the full moon lights my path to rest and to rise each footstep in tune with the chanting of frogs Here I drink my tea slowly sage, mint, verbena and hear a bell three times in my toes and in my soul Here encircled in bamboo my taste buds smile and my heart is filled with raindrop tears In Out In Out Here I sit on a purple pillow discovering seeds I carry from before my time In Out In Out Here I have arrived Here I am home
Dedicated to Thay, the sisters of New Hamlet, and Plum Village Sangha
Emily is a graduate student living in Freiburg, Germany. This poem was inspired by the Spring Retreat at Plum Village in 2018.